Robert Roy Britt
LiveScience Managing Editor
Thu Nov 30, 10:15 AM ET
A startling discovery of 70,000-year-old artifacts and a python's head carved of stone appears to represent the first known human rituals.
Scientists had thought human intelligence had not evolved the capacity to perform group rituals until perhaps 40,000 years ago.
But inside a cave in remote hills in Kalahari Desert of Botswana, archeologists found the stone snake [image] that was carved long ago. It is as tall as a man and 20 feet long.
"You could see the mouth and eyes of the snake. It looked like a real python," said Sheila Coulson of the University of Oslo. "The play of sunlight over the indentations gave them the appearance of snake skin. At night, the firelight gave one the feeling that the snake was actually moving."
The bigger surprise
More significant, when Coulson and her colleagues dug a test pit near they stone figure, they found spearheads made of stone that had to have been brought to the cave from hundreds of miles away [image]. The spearheads were burned in what only could be described as some sort of ritual, the scientists conclude.
So Evolutionists, who "determined" that the human capacity for ritual couldn't be more than about 40,000 years old, have been shown to be off by at least 75%, if not more. So much for Evolution's predictive ability!
And Creationists, who insist that human existence started just over 6000 years ago... Aw, skip it.
The rest of the article is here. Even more interesting things were found, including what is being assumed to be the effort to deceive others with mock supernatural effects... Like that story hasn't been played out time and again, whether snake oil salesmen, rainmakers, or televangelist faith healers... If the dating is correct, we've got evidence that shows that 70,000 years of superstition hasn't "evolved away".